Nature's classroom has top marks for all comers

Manly Village PS joins in the tree-planting event

Register now for Schools Tree Day on Friday July 25 and join more than 2500 schools in the country’s biggest community tree-planting and nature care event especially for children and youth.

Organiser Planet Ark points out the fun, hands-on activity can reinforce environmental, maths, science and creative arts learning or simply contribute to creating beautiful school grounds, and says participation in the event often marks the beginning of a long-term environmental program in a school.

“We know from national and international studies and our own research and experience that the physical, cognitive and general wellbeing benefits for children who engage with nature are really significant and positive,” says National Tree Day Manager, Debbie Agnew.

“Children who play outside every day have better motor coordination, increased ability to concentrate and are developing an important and unique love of nature that can only be taught through their outdoor experiences.”

Schools don’t necessarily have to plant trees to take part in Schools Tree Day. Students and teachers could grow a vegetable garden, weed a previously planted area, add shrubs to the building surrounds or venture out to the local bush to lend community groups a helping hand.

Coordinators need not be experts as Planet Ark provides ideas and assistance.

To register a Tree Day event for your school or find more information go to treeday.planetark.org/schools/ or call the 1300 885 000.